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Keeping Your Skin Care in Check

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While you may have a trusted skin care routine that you follow each and every day, your skin will experience so many changes on a regular basis, due to everything from illness to stress to changing seasons. In order to prevent your skin health from declining, you need to know how to keep your skin care in check during these times.

Seasonal Changes
Each season brings with it many changes in the environment around you, and your skin will naturally react to these. While winter is full of harsh, drying air and biting winds that exacerbate sensitivity, summer leads to an increase in oil production, and, therefore, more chances of clogged pores and breakouts. This means that your skin care routine needs to reflect the seasons in order to maintain your skin’s health. The summer months should be all about light lotions and oil-controlling cleansers, while the winter requires rich, thick moisturizers and increased exfoliation, so make sure that you are taking all of this into account.

High Stress
Completely avoiding all stress is impossible, but periods of prolonged stress can really be detrimental to your skin, as well as your overall health. Stress causes the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can then lead to acne, psoriasis, hives, and a whole host of other skin issues. While each of these symptoms can be treated individually, your best bet is to work on the root cause, which is the stress itself. When you find that it is getting too overwhelming, learn how to take some time out and relax your mind, whether this may be by spending time on a hobby that you love, working out for 20 minutes, or trying out a few breathing exercises, as this can almost instantly lower stress levels.

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Falling ill can really take its toll on your body, including your skin. When this happens, you should try to take more of an overall holistic approach to skin care, meaning that you care for your body and health as a whole, and allow your skin to reflect this. This means consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as these will contain the antioxidants that your body, and your skin, need to recover. Fatty fish is also great, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, while nuts contain vital vitamins that are important for skin health.

Hormonal Changes
Whether due to age, pregnancy or a medication that you are taking, the body’s hormone levels can often fluctuate, and your skin will tend to be one of the first areas to reflect this. Each hormonal change will bring about different results in your skin, meaning that the treatment you opt for needs to be tailored to this. While you may need to do some research with each hormonal change, it is important that you take the time to do so, so that you can understand what is going on with your skin and adjust your skin care routine to cater for this.

Your skin is going to experience so many different changes throughout the months, meaning that even if you have a fail-proof skin care routine, you will still need to adjust this regularly. From adding in extra antioxidants if you have been ill, to switching up your products as the seasons change, keeping your skin care in check is the best way to stay on top of all of your skin’s needs.

Five Reasons to Love Your Greys

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Grey hair is an inevitable part of life as you age, and while your initial reaction may be to cover these up and try to hide them, you could instead learn how to love them. The 20% of greying American women who choose not to dye their hair have managed to do this, and this has resulted in them feeling more empowered and free than ever.

Not Dyeing Your Hair Saves Time and Money
If you have already been dyeing your hair for a few years now, take a minute to think about how much money, as well as time, you have spent on this. Whether you dye it yourself or have it done professionally, this is something that will have to be repeated every couple of months, meaning that the time and money that it takes from you can really add up. By saving money on all of that hair dye, you will be able to treat yourself in other parts of life.

Challenge What is Expected of You
In many societies, women are now expected to keep themselves looking as young as possible, and many feel as though they do not have a choice when it comes to dyeing their greys. However, think about the generations who are younger than you, and the type of message that you want to send to them. If you would prefer for women to be able to simply be themselves, and be proud of the way that they look, then you need to begin leading by example.

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Feel Empowered
As mentioned above, keeping your grey hairs, and being proud of them on top of that, is something that challenges society’s expectations of women. By doing so, you will no doubt end up feeling empowered and free, as you are no longer following an unwritten set of rules that do not actually benefit you.

Show Off Your Wisdom and Maturity
Grey hair tends to mean that you have reached a certain stage in life, and with this stage comes added wisdom and maturity. Rather than dyeing your hair or cutting out your greys, leave them in so that other people can perceive you to be just as wise as you really are.

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Grey Hair Does Not Need to Be Boring
Grey hair has actually been quite trendy in recent years, and many celebrities have proudly sported the shade. While many women think that grey hair is aging and boring, this definitely does not need to be the case. You can still experiment with different cuts, styles, and shades of grey, still allowing your hair to showcase your personality.

Many women who embrace their greys tend to call them silver, rather than grey, as silver is seen as a medal of sorts, while grey has more of a negative connotation. Whatever you want to call it, this is a part of life that you will not be able to avoid, so rather than trying to put off dealing with it for as long as possible, embrace it, love your greys, and be proud of who you are.

Alleviating Existing Skin Issues

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Everybody faces their own unique combination of different skin issues, but these can often be quite difficult to identify. In order to help people to understand exactly what their skin needs, there are now DNA test kits available, that you can do yourself at home, which will put together a skin profile for you based on the results.

What the Test Involves
The DNA sample for your skin profile is usually taken via a swab in the mouth, but you need to rinse your mouth out a few times before swabbing. After doing so, simply rub the swab on the inside of your cheeks so that it can gather enough saliva, and then place it back into its protective sleeve and send it off to be analysed.

Skin Aging
One of the aspects of your skin that the DNA test will look at is the way in which your skin is aging. This will tell you a lot about your genes, as these are able to regulate the aging process, protecting it from wrinkling, thinning, and other forms of damage. Whether your skin aging profile is normal, strong, or needs improvement, this is a great way to learn about how your skin has been affected by your genes.

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Skin Elasticity
Just like with skin aging, the skin elasticity part of the test will also take a close look at your genes in order to find out just how strong and elastic your skin is. This will tell you how susceptible you are to collagen breakdown and cellulite, while providing you with suggestions on how you can help to work on any issues that have been discovered.

Skin Health and Appearance
While many people can easily identify their skin type, the DNA test will still be able to tell you whether or not you are predisposed to having a certain skin type, such as dry or itchy skin. It will also identify how capable your epidermis is at sending water into the rest of your skin, which will help you to decide on the best form of hydration and moisturization. There are also certain genes that some people carry that reflect acne, and these will also be pin-pointed during this part of the test.

Sun Sensitivity
The sun has such a significant impact on the health of your skin, which is why the sun sensitivity part of the test is an extremely useful one. This will help you to discover just how sensitive your skin is to UV radiation and sun exposure, and how much damage your skin will suffer each time you are in the sun. No matter what the results may show, wearing sun protection is still essential, but this test will help you to decide just how strict you need to be about this.

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A DNA test to learn more about your skin can be extremely useful. While you may already know some of the results, such as your skin type and whether or not you are prone to acne, there is so much that can be discovered about your skin that you would have had no idea about, enabling you to provide an extra level of care that caters directly to your skin’s exact needs.

Look Young Across The Ages

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Many of us have a certain level of fixation on skincare as it offers the promise of being able to care for our skin in such a way that can end up seeming comparatively ageless. We might not be able to entirely escape the effects of time, but we can ensure that our skin looks as young as possible. That’s why there are so many anti-aging products. There are a lot of things we can actually do to help keep our skin looking its best even if we can’t avoid aging fully. We have control over a lot of the factors governing that. Many of us simply aren’t aware of that fact. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at the various ways people can look younger throughout their lives. Not all of these are something we can control, but many of them are and with enough dedication can be moved towards supporting us rather than being a problem.

This is one of those factors that we simply can’t control. It is out of our hands by the time we’re born and there’s no real way to correct things we don’t like it our genetics yet. Some people simply end up aging more gracefully than others. You’ll generally have an idea of whether you’ll be fortunate based on your immediate genetic relatives. They tend to offer a decent glimpse into how time will treat you long before you ever get there. Additionally, those of us who look younger on average tend to end up benefiting from a similar kind of timelessness throughout life as long as we don’t do anything to damage our skin extensively. Genetics may be largely out of our control, but they can provide us with clear signs of where we’ll need to focus our care over time. Knowing what needs particular attention can better prepare us for giving the right care to maintain a comparatively ageless look at the years pass.

Sun Protection
Whether or not we protect our skin from the sun tends to be a tremendous factor when it comes to determining how gracefully we’ll age. That’s because of the insidious nature of sun damage. Most of the time you won’t even see it unless it has become severe enough to become sunburn. The damage happens at an invisible level within your cells where damage is done to the DNA as well as to helpful structural proteins that keep your skin firm and prevent it from sagging. That’s why ensuring you protect your skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin’s overall health and appearance. Make sure that you use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that offers broad spectrum protection each day. This will ensure your skin gets the basic level of protection necessary for keeping your skin healthy while giving you room to go up in protection as you age. Additionally, consider looking for a mineral sunscreen to give your skin an extra boost.

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Nourish Your Skin
Human skin gradually loses its ability to care for itself as we age. This is due to an increased difficulty in maintaining enough of a supply of two key structural proteins for the skin: collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps your skin firm while elastin, true to its name, is what keeps your skin elastic enough to snap back into place after being pushed or pulled. The one way to offset this is to ensure that our skin is getting enough of the proper nutrients to create more of these proteins so that the natural healing process isn’t too hampered by lower levels of these materials. That means using anti-aging products rich in vitamin A, C, and E while eating an overall healthier diet and exercising. The former option has a very obvious and direct effect while the latter needs a short explanation. Eating right gives your body the right nutrients while the exercise ensures better blood flow throughout the body that in turn ensures equitable distribution of the nutrients as well as a slight boost to collagen production simply from the increased blood flow. Nourishing your skin will keep it healthy for years.

There’s no surefire way to look as if time cannot touch you, but taking the right steps to reduce its effect will keep all of us look that much better as we age. The necessary steps aren’t that hard either. Protecting your skin from the sun while nourishing it with the right products will do wonders. We can’t all have good genetics, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on looking our best as we age. A little effort goes a long way towards defying the passage of time for at least a little while.

Avoid Sensitivity Reactions During The Wax Off

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Those of us who spend enough time learning about skincare eventually find out that everyone’s skin has varying levels of sensitivity. Thinner and drier skin tends to be more sensitive than others. Certain actions can even create a situation where skin can become sensitized where it reacts in an even more pronounced way in response to even normal treatment. Waxing is one of these situations. It makes sense given waxing literally rips hairs out at the root. That’s enough to make anyone more than a little uncomfortable. Avoiding or minimizing that reaction is important in keeping our skin healthy though. There are certain ways we can help manage the various reactions our skin can have to waxing. It is simply a matter of putting in the effort to get ahead of the problem and making sure we stay there. Let’s take a quick look at how to manage some of the most common reactions so that we all have a rough idea of how to approach the problem before the next time we get waxed.

This tends to be the reaction most of us dread the most whether we’ve waxed before or not. Pain isn’t fun for most of us. Fortunately, there are various ways to manage the potential pain from waxing. The most obvious way is to simply have the waxing done by a professional who will take some steps to help minimize your discomfort. It won’t make it entirely painless, but it will help lessen the overall spike if the person performing the waxing knows what they’re doing. Those of us waxing at home will want to deaden the area some. Something as taking a basic painkiller will go a long way towards reducing the pain your experience when waxing particularly sensitive areas. Consider asking a professional for further advice on potential products to use to reduce the pain experienced during the waxing and the pain experienced afterwards. It is important to remember not to tense when getting waxed as well. This will help reduce the overall pain experienced as well.

Some people have the experience of an area of skin looking a bit darker than the rest after waxing. This tends to be the result of particular ingredients in some numbing agents, certain waxes, and even some medications can cause sensitized to be more photosensitive. There is no way to actually avoid this if it is going to happen, but you can easily safeguard against it. Apply sunscreen to waxed areas daily. This will protect the skin from taking too much damage from sun exposure. The key here is to remember to apply your sunscreen every day without fail. Make sure that you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. You may want to increase the SPF if you have particularly light skin though. 50 SPF is also a good option, but going much higher will give you diminishing returns. Mineral sunscreen is probably your best option overall as it will reflect the UV rays away from your skin rather than absorbing them instead of your skin.

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A common reaction to waxing is for the skin to display its sensitivity with red bumps. This tends to be more common with early experiences with waxing, but can also happen if you go an extended period of time without waxing a given area. Fortunately, waxing bumps are relatively easy to prevent or minimize with a little bit of forethought. Exfoliating lightly before getting an area waxed will go a long way towards helping to minimize the problem. If you’re not comfortable with exfoliating, a gentle cleansing can also work after the actual waxing. This will help clear and potentially soothe the area so that there are no waxing bumps. Admittedly, you can get a somewhat decent result from soaking in a warm tub within a few hours of waxing. This will soothe the skin as well as help ease any pain that is left over from it. Waxing bumps tend to be a relatively temporarily reaction from sensitivity and pass within a few hours to a few days if they do happen. Minimizing them is easy enough they shouldn’t be an excessive bother.

Waxing is one of the favorite methods of hair removal for many people. It is effective and last for two to three weeks. That’s more than enough to help many of us feel less burdened by the constant need to shave. Sensitivity reactions are a natural part of it though. Taking good care of your skin and remembering to soothe it in the immediate time after waxing can minimize the actual extent of the effects you experience though. It may take a little bit of extra effort, but it is worth it to reduce pain and irritation.

Why You Should Never Skip The Patch Test

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The skin is just as complex as any other organ in the human body. It has countless little parts all working towards the same overall goal through renewal, repair, and barrier formation. These processes ensure that our insides are properly protected from the outside world while we comfortably enjoy all the benefits that the world has to offer without worry. Many of try to repay our skin with good skincare to help keep our skin as healthy and attractive as possible. Picking out the right products and figuring out how to manage the various issues that pop up from time to time is a continual learning process. Every new product we use is potentially an important step towards achieving our desired look, but it can also be a skin problem waiting to happen. That’s why none of us should ever skip the patch test when it comes to trying out new products. It is necessary to ensure our skin will stay healthy and can be the difference between attractive skin and an inflamed mess.

What Is The Patch Test?
The patch test is something you’ve likely already done without thinking before or that you’ve seen someone else do. It involves placing a small patch of a new product somewhere unobtrusive on your skin and waiting to see if you skin reacts. This tends to be a fairly reliable way to tell how your skin will react with some exceptions. Facial products used on body skin may not give you a fully accurate idea of how your skin will react because the skin of the majority of your body is thicker than the skin of your neck and face. As a result, it might be best to try a patch test for facial products somewhere unobtrusive on your neck. Similarly, you don’t want to test a body product on your face as they tend to be more potent and more likely to cause a reaction. The one exception to this is that you can get a good approximation for both out of a careful patch test on the wrist.

Why Do It?
As we’ve highlighted before, the skin is very complex. This necessarily means that it is easy to end up disrupting accidentally. There is no way to really know how our skin will react to a particular product without trying it for ourselves. Testing guidelines to okay them for human use only test for broad usage potential and can’t test for each little scenario our own skins present. Countless little factors ranging from genetics to environment to even diet can mean that some products end up not being ideal for our skin. Inflammation and other issues stemming from use of a poorly matched product can end up making skincare become a frustrating experience. A patch test helps you to avoid this by giving you an indication of how well your skin will handle a given product before you use it as directed. This will let you avoid skincare mistakes that you’ll then to make up for with appropriate care. It may take a little time, but the results are worth it.

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On Product Switching
It is worth noting that the patch test is just one consideration to keep in mind when trying out new products. This helps you avoid problems, yes, but you should ideally be taking another step as well. Remember that any product you use needs time to work. Give each new product you’re using three to four weeks to see if it has the desired effect on your skin. Swapping out products regularly, even with a patch test, is highly likely to end up irritating your skin. As complicated an organ as it is, your skin does prefer for things to stay as close to the same as usual most of the time. Swapping products too often will simply end up causing irritation that will potentially lead to breakouts and other skin issues over time. So take it slowly when looking for new products. Your skin will thank you for it later.

Doing a patch test when trying out new products gives you a way to be sure that your choice in products will properly support your skin. This will help you feel more confident when swapping products. Try to keep it in mind the next time you find a product isn’t doing what you need it to and you go hunting for a new one. You’ll likely be far more comfortable with the switch then.

A Key Player In The Fight Against Aging

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Controlling the signs of aging is something that a lot of us attempt. After all, it feels like time robs us of who we used to see in the mirror if we’re not careful. Taking good care of one’s skin won’t stop the process, but aging gracefully can mean we end up seeing echoes of ourselves for years to come. The trick is learning how to properly care for one’s skin. There are plenty of great products out there with helpful ingredients that provide our skin with tools to do just that. Some of these ingredients stand apart from the others though thanks to their overall utility and the versatile nature of their help. Vitamin C is one of these ingredients. As one of the big three skin supporting vitamins, it is capable of helping your skin in a large number of ways so that it stays healthy and happy for years to come. We’re going to take a close look at vitamin C so that we can all appreciate what all it does for our skin instead of just knowing it helps.

Antioxidant Support
One major way in which vitamin C offers support is that it is a potent antioxidant. This means that it helps your skin in a very specific way. Sun exposure and other factors, such as smoking, can introduce molecules or particles into your body known as free radicals. These free radicals are highly reactive and prone to combining with anything they come into contact with unless the compound is particularly chemically stable. This leads to a situation where free radicals keep interacting with elements in your body, reacting, forming new free radicals, and continuing the process throughout your body. The damage this causes is small enough for your body to repair, but it has to do these repairs constantly. In the end, this actually makes it harder for your body to heal itself and stay in a good shape. Applying antioxidant-rich products containing vitamin C to your skin helps neutralize free radicals in your skin so that it can heal more effectively.

Healing Materials
An important point to note is that vitamin C is actually crucial to your skin’s healing process. Your body needs vitamin C to break down into components to fuel the entire process. Without vitamin C, your body ends up not having the materials it needs to make things like collagen to repair damage. This is relevant when it comes to anti-aging skincare as a gradual loss of collagen is what makes wrinkles form. You actually damage the collagen in your skin when the skin gets folded. Our skin folds are various places around our bodies constantly with our eyes, face, hands, and feet being particularly prone to issues. The damage caused by this has to be repaired routinely and without the right materials, the fine lines and later wrinkles will begin to settle in. That’s why vitamin C is so good for helping fight the signs of aging. It gives a boost to collagen production that allows your skin to do the repairs that it needs to while adding back to the supply of available materials.

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Complexion Smoothing
This last benefit is one that many people never hear about but can be a wonderful thing for many people. Vitamin C has a degree of anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to help reduce how much your skin reactions to various things. It has been shown to be particularly useful for helping minimize flare ups of conditions like rosacea, but can help with other issues as well. Anti-inflammatory properties are particularly useful as we age and our skin becomes less resilient. This lack of resilience can lead to fairly consistent inflammation that in turn makes our skin age faster. Managing the problem with vitamin C will help reduce how often your skin reacts to products as well as giving your skin that edge it needs to help recover from any irritation that it does experience. This ability to help smooth out the complexion and manage irritation helps minimize the redness associated with sensitive, aging skin and helps keep your complexion even.

There’s a lot of good to be found in vitamin C. The potential benefits help achieve many anti-aging goals while being highly skin friendly. It doesn’t even matter what form of product you’re using on your skin as long as your skin gets time to absorb the product. This is worth keeping in mind the next time you’re looking for a good anti-aging product. If the product doesn’t have vitamin C, it isn’t doing all it can for you.

The Difference Between Facial And Body Self-Tanners

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Self-tanners are one of those things many of us can’t do without. Most of us have now learned that tanning outside or in a tanning bed has horrible results for the health of our skin. The UV exposure ends up causing a lot of long term damage to our skin that in turn leads to premature aging. Avoiding that is generally a good idea for those of us concerned with taking care of our skin. Self-tanners let us do just that while still getting the much coveted tanned look. Transitioning to self-tanners can be rough for anyone used to tanning outside or in a bed though. This is because there are two broad categories of self-tanner: facial and body. These two can’t really be switched around easily without potentially running into issues. Most of these happen when we use body tanners on the face though. Let’s take a quick look at why this is so that we know exactly why we should make sure to use the proper product.

Gentle Products
One point we need to actually make is the simple fact that body self-tanners are formulated towards working on the thicker skin of the majority of the body. Thicker skin is better able to resist damage, irritation, and other problems. The neck, the area immediately below it, and the face have far thinner skin. That ends up meaning that products formulated for the body have a far greater chance of causing accidental irritation due to the particular concentrations of individual ingredients. This is typically why you end up seeing “gentle” attached to many facial products. Self-tanners are no different in this respect. Facial self-tanners are formulated with avoiding this problem in mind. Avoiding irritating your skin when tanning helps to ensure your skin remains healthy at the same time that you’re working to improve its appearance. Admittedly, a lot of the time facial self-tanners are also formulated to moisturize and nourish the skin to add extra value to the product as well.

Supportive Tanning
Body self-tanners tend to have a relatively narrow focus. They can afford it unlike facial self-tanners. That isn’t to say that self-tanning is all body products offer, but most of the time they tend to offer a little bit of light moisturizing at most. Facial self-tanners need to add in more to help offset the potential irritation of the skin as well as make up for their comparatively small usage area. This leads many manufacturers to ensure that their facial self-tanners help to support the skin through topical application of vitamins, rich moisturizing, and other helpful compounds. Facial tanners are often thicker overall to help them double as moisturizers. This allows manufacturers to ensure the product’s ingredients are at safe concentration levels for the face as well as ensuring that the product can rest safely on the skin for an extended period. The extra moisturizing goes a long way to keeping the skin soothed and comfortable too.

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Perhaps the largest difference between facial and body self-tanners is whether they are noncomedogenic or not. Most body self-tanners are not going to worry about this. Noncomedogenic formulas, after all, are designed to avoid clogging pores and the body tends to be a bit more resilient in this category than the face. By contrast, it is relatively easy to accidentally clog facial pores between the various products we all use. A noncomedogenic product helps to sidestep the issue. Good quality facial self-tanners try to use such formula to help ensure that the skin of the face has as few issues as possible since everyone will see it. This helps to avoid extra breakouts as well as ensuring that your skin is better able to cope with any other issues that come up. Taking care of your skin by keeping an eye out for this will help you get the tanned look you desire without your skin suffering for it in the long run.

Self-tanners are a wonderful invention that help us avoid the main issues with other kinds of tanning. This way we get the healthy sun-kissed look without needing to worry about the long term effect it will have on our skin. There are crucial differences to remember between facial and body self-tanners though. You can use a facial self-tanner on your body, but it might not be strong enough to get the desired results. Using a body self-tanner on your face will likely result in irritation and potential breakouts. So stick to using the properly formulated products for each broad area.

Does Topical Botox Exist?

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Botox is a treatment that is now synonymous with a cosmetic procedure. The quick and effective treatment is capable of providing you relief from forehead wrinkles for up to six months. It achieves this by acting on the muscles and preventing their movement so that you can’t keep forming those wrinkles that often prove to be so bothersome. There is a small problem though: the needles. Many people out there don’t enjoy the prospect of an injection even if it is relatively quick. This leads to the pursuit of a topical botox option that can provide all the benefits without a needle ever entering the picture. Some people have taken to waiting on this product and wondering why it isn’t here yet. This is worth taking a closer look as it is one of those instances where our hopes may have gotten ahead of our science. It turns out that topical botox does exist in some fashion, but it isn’t necessarily safe just yet.

Skipping the Needles
There have been a number of companies working towards achieving a cosmetic botox product for some time. After all, it would be a boon to any company thanks to its ability to bypass some of the common problems associated with botox. A topical option couldn’t penetrate far into the muscles and as a result, it could be used in more places than standard botox. The shortened length of effect would be more than made up for with this added flexibility. One company even got relatively close to having a market-ready product within recent years. The variant on botox actually entered into human clinical trials. It passed through multiple phases of testing before stalling out in the final one. The end result is that the FDA has not yet approved of any true topical botox products. They have not yet met the safety and quality standards necessary to be available outside of a laboratory environment. This is unfortunate but it brings us to another topic worth covering.

Knock Offs
The promise of a topical botox has led many people to get ahead of themselves. Various companies have made a move towards trying to provide such an effect. Furthermore, some less than scrupulous people have tried to make their own and market it quietly. None of this is necessarily good news for our skin. Companies offering products with similar effects are worth looking into as they will likely help your skin, but you can typically expect relatively short-lasting effects. Nothing can yet replace the actual effect of botox effectively. This is worth remembering if you want a truly effective treatment. Anyone trying to market these products on the sly away from a major company could be running a risk with your health. Untested treatments can end up hurting your skin and given that botox is a controlled use of a toxin, it makes far more sense to wait until there is an approved form available in the market.

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The Options Available
What we really want out of topical botox is simply a way to get the facelift look quickly, effectively, and painlessly. That’s a rather long list of demands for just one product. A lot of products try to meet that marker though. Unfortunately, as highlighted above, few things can actually provide the same results as botox. That would require them emulating the effect of the toxin on the muscles and that is harder to do than you might think. There are plenty of options available for temporarily tightening and firming the skin though. All of the products that offer this give you a short-term way to address an issue and counteract it slightly so that you feel better about your appearance. Actual long-lasting effects require dedication to skincare and even admitting that you do have to use some form of botox treatment. As frustrating as it might be that you still have to have injections for the treatment, there is no denying that it is highly effective and may be what many of us end up looking for at some point in our lives.

Topical botox may be everyone’s favorite “what if” talking point when treatment options come up, but it isn’t yet a reality for most of us. All treatments and products need to be officially approved for both their safety and effectiveness. The lack of a topical botox product is specifically due to the options thus far not making it past that barrier. People will keep innovating though. Eventually, we may very well see a topical botox option, but it certainly isn’t there yet.

Acupuncture and Your Health

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We all have our favorite ways to help improve our health or stress levels. Acupuncture has become a rather popular means of doing so in some circles thanks to its quick turnaround time and the appeal of a time-tested solution for various physical problems. This form of alternative medicine purports to be able to solve chronic pain, skin issues, and issues with internal organs through the proper placement of needles within the body. It sounds a bit silly when we put it like that, but that’s the truth of what most acupuncture is trying to do. Some modern practitioners have scaled back the claims of what acupuncture can do, but even these operate on the same principles as the more extravagant claims. Despite all of this, acupuncture remains wildly popular. Why? It would seem like there must be something to it. With that in mind, let’s take a close look at how acupuncture is supposed to work and the evidence of these claims.

The Claims
Acupuncture, simply put, traditionally claims to work through the manipulation of human life force. Needles are inserted at key points along the body’s flow of this life energy to help disrupt blockages, adjust the flow, and help improve the overall balance of energy within the body. The issues acupuncture seeks to address are credited as being responsible for almost every ill of the human body. These days there are some practitioners moving away from the idea of the practice being the manipulation of life force and opting instead to say that are stimulating nerve clusters or something similar in an attempt to update the terminology being used to more scientific seeming standards. Due to the widespread use of acupuncture, it has a great deal of proponents who claim its efficacy for almost everything. Pain management tends to be the most common thing people credit it as being good for and many people have tried acupuncture and had a positive experience. There’s more going on than you’d think from the surface though.

Facing Reality
The fact is that even the “updated for the 21st century” forms of acupuncture tend to use the exact same placement of needles as the one purporting to manipulate life force. Acupuncture is simply another form of ancient energy medicine that has no real scientific support. The mechanism that it claims to work by can’t be proven. As a practice, acupuncture has been tested time and time again without there being any true evidence of its efficacy. How do we explain everyone who has had a positive experience that seems to make it appear that acupuncture works? Interestingly enough, acupuncture is actually a surprisingly effective placebo treatment where the belief it will work ends up causing the brain to simulate it working a degree. The expectation of pain relief literally leads the body to feel less pain. This has actually been demonstrated through the use of “real” and fake acupuncture in clinical studies where everyone believed they were receiving real acupuncture and experienced similar overall results. That evidence alone would be damning, but there are countless more studies examining the claims in detail and finding nothing.

Woman receiving facial acupuncture treatment

What It All Means
When we take a closer look at acupuncture, we’re forced to conclude it is little more than a per-scientific form of treatment based on a less sophisticated knowledge of how the body works. All apparent benefits of it are well within the statistical range of the placebo effect as well. Like all forms of energy “medicine”, acupuncture cannot stand up to rigorous examination. It can’t even support the basic principles upon which it claims to work. This ends up meaning there is absolutely nothing to suggest it as an actual means of helping to manage any condition. The only exception to this is instances where an electrical current is passed through the needles, but that is a less safe form of an already existing medical treatment. The good news is that acupuncture isn’t that likely to hurt you as long as you recognize it is no substitute for actual medicine and the necessity to ensure that anyone providing acupuncture needs to use sterile needles.

Acupuncture is not a viable treatment for any health issue. It has no provable mechanism of action, no scientific backing, and the statistical analysis shows it to be as effective as taking sugar pills. That doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be relaxing for anyone who enjoys the sensation though. Just be aware of the evidence and indulge responsibly.